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The 2010 Spanish Grand Prix, officially the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Telefónica 2010, was the fifth race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 9 May 2010.[1][2] The race would see Mark Webber announce himself as a title contender as he stormed to victory, ahead of home hero Fernando Alonso.[2]

Webber would be the star of the show throughout the weekend, topping all three phases in qualifying as he claimed pole position.[2] His Red Bull-Renault teammate Sebastian Vettel would claim second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Alonso would start from fourth ahead of Championship leader Jenson Button.[2]

The start of the race saw some formation flying off the grid by the two Red Bulls, with Webber easing ahead of Vettel.[2] They would, however, have to fend off a pincer manoeuvre from Hamilton and Alonso on the brakes into the first corner, while Button and Michael Schumacher squabbled for fifth.[2]

A series of minor skirmises would entertain on the opening tour, with Robert Kubica and Kamui Kobayashi kissing wheels, resulting in both spinning and hence cause Nico Rosberg to have to take avoiding action.[2] Elsewhere, Pedro de la Rosa and Sébastien Buemi clashed to leave the Swiss racer with a punctured tyre and de la Rosa with damaged suspension, while Bruno Senna flew into the barriers on his own.[2]

After that the race would quickly settle into a procession, with Webber easing clear of Vettel, Vettel inching ahead of Hamilton, while Alonso remained glued to his former teammate's tail.[2] Indeed, the only changes to the order came at the back of the field, with the first and only round of stops coming on lap fifteen.[2]

The en-masse change to harder compound tyres would work well for Hamilton, or the Brit managed to jump ahead of Vettel to claim second.[2] The sister car of Button would have a poor stop and hence drop behind Schumacher, although the German racer would make an aggressive lunge across the nose of the #1 McLaren as he passed, causing Button to explode on his radio.[2]

With that the order settled once again, with Webber able to keep Hamilton at arm's length, while Alonso stalked Vettel for third.[2] Elsewhere, Karun Chandhok would cause havoc for several drivers, first by damaging Felipe Massa's front wing when the Brazilian tried to lap him (which miraculously improved his pace), before whacking the back of Jaime Alguersuari when the Spaniard chopped across him.[2]

The closing stages of the race would finally see some action at the head of the field, as Vettel ran wide after escaping from Alonso, although he later cited a brake issue.[2] He duly stopped for new tyres having bounced across the gravel, gifting third to Alonso as the #5 Red Bull rejoined in fourth, although the German racer would nurse his car to the flag.[2]

Then, on the penultimate lap, Hamilton was the driver in trouble, skating off the circuit at turn three courtesy of a front left tyre failure.[2] The #2 McLaren would go bouncing across the gravel before impaling itself in the barriers, leaving Alonso in second as the Brit climbed out of the cockpit.[2]

With that the race was run, with Webber cruising to the chequered flag after a dominant display to claim victory ahead of Alonso.[2] Vettel was a distant third to complete the podium, while Schumacher kept a frustrated Button at bay for fourth.[2] Massa was sixth to cause some confusion for Ferrari after his pace improved with a broken front wing, with Adrian Sutil, Kubica, Rubens Barrichello and Alguersuari claimed the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Victory propelled defending Champion Jenson Button to the top of the Championship hunt as the first fly-away races came to a conclusion, moving onto 60 points. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, had shot up to second, ten off the lead, and a point ahead of both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who were level on 49. Sebastian Vettel then completed the top five, while Vitaly Petrov was on the board for the first time in his career in twelfth.

In the Constructors Championship Button's victory had moved McLaren-Mercedes to the head of the field, moving onto 109 points after four rounds. Ferrari had made way for them and dropped to second on 90 points, while Red Bull-Renault had held onto third, 36 off the lead. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, while Force India-Mercedes, Williams-Cosworth and Toro Rosso-Ferrari completed the scorers list.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 India Karun Chandhok Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
20 Austria Christian Klien Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 1:21.412 1 1:20.655 1 1:19.995 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:21.680 2 1:20.772 2 1:20.101 2
3 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:21.723 4 1:21.415 3 1:20.829 3
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 5 1:21.957 5 1:21.549 4 1:20.937 4
5 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:21.915 3 1:21.168 5 1:20.991 5
6 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 9 1:22.528 6 1:21.557 6 1:21.294 6
7 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 8 1:22.488 7 1:21.599 7 1:21.353 7
8 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 7 1:22.419 10 1:21.867 8 1:21.408 8
9 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 10 1:22.564 9 1:21.841 9 1:21.585 9
10 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 11 1:22.577 8 1:21.725 10 1:21.984 10
11 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 13 1:22.628 11 1:21.985 11
12 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6 1:22.211 12 1:22.026 12
13 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 15 1:22.857 13 1:22.131 13
14* 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 16 1:22.976 14 1:22.139 19*
15 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:22.699 15 1:22.191 14
16 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 1:22.593 16 1:22.207 15
17 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 17 1:23.084 17 1:22.854 16
18 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 18 1:23.125 17
19 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:24.674 18
20 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 20 1:24.748 20
21 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:25.475 22
22 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 22 1:25.556 23
23 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:26.750 24
24 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:27.122 21
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Petrov was handed a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[4]
  • Glock, di Grassi and Chandhok were all awarded five place grid penalties for failing to notify the FIA for a change of gear ratios.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mark Webber 2
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 2 3 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 4
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Robert Kubica 8
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 5 9 ______________
Felipe Massa 10
______________ Kamui Kobayashi
Row 6 11 ______________
Adrian Sutil 12
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 7 13 ______________
Nico Hülkenberg 14
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 8 15 ______________
Jaime Alguersuari 16
______________ Vitantonio Liuzzi
Row 9 17 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 18
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 10 19 ______________
Vitaly Petrov 20
______________ Heikki Kovalainen*
Row 11 21 ______________
Bruno Senna 22
______________ Timo Glock
Row 12 23 ______________
Lucas di Grassi 24
______________ Karun Chandhok
  • * Kovalainen was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure.[4]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Kenny Handkammer Red Bull team joined on the podium to receive the winning manufacturer’s award.

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 66 1:35:44.101 1 25
2 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 66 +24.065s 4 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 66 +51.338s 2 15
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 66 +1:02.195 6 12
5 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1:03.728 5 10
6 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 66 +1:05.767 9 8
7 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 66 +1:12.941 11 6
8 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 66 +1:13.677 7 4
9 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 65 +1 Lap 17 2
10 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 15 1
11 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 65 +1 Lap 19
12 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 10
13 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 8
14* 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 64 Accident 3
15* 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 64 Engine 16
16 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 64 +2 Laps 13
17 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 63 +3 Laps 18
18 24 Germany Timo Glock Spain HRT-Cosworth 63 +3 Laps 22
19 25 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 62 +4 Laps 23
Ret 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 42 Hydraulics 14
Ret 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 27 Damage 24
Ret 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 20 Damage 12
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 0 Accident 21
DNS 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 0 Gearbox 20
Source:[5]
  • * Hamilton and Liuzzi were both still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Kovalainen was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Jenson Button would remain at the head of the Championship hunt after the opening European round of the season, although his advantage had been reduced. Indeed, Spanish ace Fernando Alonso had reduced the gap to just three points at his home race as he shot to second, and moved seven ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third. Race winner Mark Webber was next ahead of Nico Rosberg as the last of those over 50 points for the campaign, with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa a point behind.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had retained their lead at the head of the field, although their advantage had been cut to just three points. Indeed, Ferrari had smashed through the 100 point barrier as they closed on their Anglo-German rivals, with Red Bull-Renault just three further behind in third. Mercedes were next up on 72 points, while Renault rounded out the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 70
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 67 ▲1
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 60 ▲2
4 Australia Mark Webber 53 ▲4
5 Germany Nico Rosberg 50 ▼3
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 49 ▼2
7 Brazil Felipe Massa 49 ▼1
8 Poland Robert Kubica 44 ▼1
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 22 ▲1
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 16 ▼1
11 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 8
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7 ▲1
13 Russia Vitaly Petrov 6 ▼1
14 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3
15 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 119
2 Italy Ferrari 116
3 Austria Red Bull-Renault 113
4 Germany Mercedes 72
5 France Renault 50
6 India Force India-Mercedes 24
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 '5. Spain 2010', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 25/03/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Robert Wilkins, 'Webber secures his first win of F1 2010 in Barcelona', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 09/05/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/159565/1/webber-secures-his-first-win-of-f1-2010-in-spain, (Accessed 25/03/2020)
  3. 'Spain 2010: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA TELEFÓNICA 2010 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2010), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/864/spain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 25/03/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Spain 2010: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2020)
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
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V T E 2010 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Engines Mercedes | Renault | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers 1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi
Other Drivers Paffett | Turvey | Bird | Hartley | Ricciardo | Coulthard | Fisichella | Badoer | Gené | Bianchi | Bottas | Stoneman | Maldonado | Tung | d'Ambrosio | Charouz | Aleshin | di Resta | Felix da Costa | Buurman | Vergne | Fauzy | González | Arabadzhiev | Valsecchi | Kral | Gutiérrez | Pérez | Soucek | Razia | Haryanto
Cars MP4-25 | MGP W01 | RB6 | F10 | FW32 | R30 | VJM03 | STR5 | T127 | F110 | C29 | VR-01
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Bahrain | Australia | Malaysia | China | Spain | Monaco | Turkey | Canada | Europe | Great Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | Brazil | Abu Dhabi
Team Reports McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Driver Reports Button | Hamilton | Schumacher | Rosberg | Vettel | Webber | Massa | Alonso | Barrichello | Hülkenberg | Kubica | Petrov | Sutil | Liuzzi | Buemi | Alguersuari | Trulli | Kovalainen | Chandhok | Klien | Yamamoto | Senna | de la Rosa | Heidfeld | Kobayashi | Glock | di Grassi
Tests Barcelona 1 | Valencia | Jerez 1 | Jerez 2 | Barcelona 2 | Vairano | Paul Ricard
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